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Teen sets sights on City Council

COC student wants to focus on youth issues

Posted: December 10, 2009 10:04 p.m.
Updated: December 11, 2009 6:30 a.m.

A 19-year-old college student said he will throw his hat into the ring and enter in the race for next April's Santa Clarita City Council election.

Harrison Katz, who is studying political science at College of the Canyons, said he will file nomination forms with the city clerk sometime next week.

David Gauny and former council member TimBen Boydston announced earlier this fall they are running against the three incumbents seeking re-election.

Mayor Laurene Weste and council members Frank Ferry and Marsha McLean are all running for re-election.

Katz said if elected, he would provide a unique perspective on city issues that directly affect youth - like drunk driving and drug abuse.

"A huge portion of the city is under 22 (years old)," Katz said. "Younger people should be engaged, and I don't think that's happening right now."

Katz lives with his parents and said his family has been very supportive of him and his decision to run for city government.

He said he will begin campaigning in January while on winter break from classes.

Candidates for the City Council must be at least 18 years old and must be a registered voter living within city limits.


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